David Leigh



American bass David Leigh, a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, has been described by Opera News as “a bass of unusual agility, depth and darkness,” and is already internationally known for his visceral and intelligent singing. At a young age, he’s been entrusted with many of the pinnacle roles in the canon including Hagen in a new Ring Cycle at Opernhaus Zürich in the 2023-24 season, as well as König Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Santa Fe Opera, and pandemic related cancelations of Filippo in Don Carlos at Dallas Opera and Gurnemanz in Parsifal at the Canadian Opera Company.

In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Leigh will make debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Colline in La bohème and in Kyoto as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Hyōgo Performing Arts Center along with returns to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Die Zauberflöte and to Opernhaus Zürich as Fafner in a new production of Wagner’s Siegfried. On the concert stage, he makes his debut with Jacaranda Music in Los Angeles for the world-premiere of Peter Knell and Stephanie Fleischman’s Arkhipov.

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“American David Leigh sang Antinous’s nemesis, Turbo, with a bass of unusual agility, depth and darkness.”


Opera News

“The Commendatore was given a human dimension, and his flesh-and-blood presence in the finale gave the character, thunderously sung by bass David Leigh, an interesting father-like presence.”

Opera News

“David Leigh, deuxième nom qui était déjà présent à Aix, est un Commandeur à la voix puissante et intense sortant de profondeurs abyssales, apportant présence et prestance à ce rôle.”

Opera Online

“David Leigh thrills as the treacherous Turbo. His massive tone and incredible range were on full display.”